Augmented Reality Shopping In Osaka

An augmented reality shopping experience is available to shoppers attending the International Next-Generation Robot Fair IRT Japan 2006 Robot and Information Technology in Osaka, Japan earlier this week.

Step One: Select a tag with an item that you would like to try on.


(Augmented Reality Shopping step one)

Step Two: Walk toward the reader/monitor. It pulls out the information about the item on the tag, and superimposes it on your image.


(Augmented Reality Shopping step two)

Step Three: Accessorize by pulling out additional tags and matching various items. In the picture below, the woman tries on jacket and a skirt.


(Augmented Reality Shopping step three)

In Vernor Vinge's very cool 2006 novel Rainbows End, people make use of "wearables" - wearable computers that present them with a continuous augmented reality view of the world. In the novel, a person could have accomplished this by looking in the mirror; the wearable computer system augments your view by means of smart contact lenses.

Images snatched from this robot fair video.

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